The Descent (2005)

dir. Neil Marshall

starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

genre: Horror

Without question, The Descent by British director Neil Marshall is a horror genre film that taps into the deepest primeval human fears--fear of the unknown, of the dark, of enclosed spaces, of losing control, of betrayal, of death. In addition to The Descent being the most viscerally terrifying movie since Hitchcock’s Psycho, the film works on many levels: historical, psychological, mythological, existential. The story follows a group of young women planning a caving expedition in the Appalachian Mountains. The film is filled with premonitions and forebodings as Nature assumes a lethal quality. What they discover in the cave is enough to give you nightmares for weeks. Face your fears and see The Descent, which is destined to be a cult classic.

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